Astronomy gives us Sirius (the Dog Star, Canis Major), which follows Orion the Hunter. Alaska is fond of Balto, a legendary mixed breed dog who led a team through the blizzard of 1925 to Nome with diphtheria medication which saved many lives. Egypt has Anubis, Rome had Romulus & Remus, These are only a few of the ‘good’ legends.
But for many, the most memorable of Sue’s program were the war dogs, dogs who performed invaluable duties for our service men and woman, and were often left behind when their masters left. Stubby, a stray, was the most decorated war dog from World War I. Many rescue dogs working at the collapse of the World Trade Towers in 2001 became stressed because they had been trained to locate living people but there were none to be found. They sensed they were failures, so handlers ‘planted’ live people to appease the dogs’ needs.
Sue brought a wolf skeleton for the class to study. We learned of the carnassial teeth (upper premolar 4 and lower molar 1) and saw the ravages of arthritis in the spine. She displayed dog skulls for comparison with the wolf skull.
One of the myriad of fascinating facts I learned was: a dog’s nose print is like a human’s finger print.
Dr. Ware is a Forensic Pathologist, Forensic Anthropologist, and a Paleontology Pathologist. She is a Research Associate at both the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Los Angeles, CA. She contributes to the Wolf Recovery Program in Yellowstone National Park where she is the principal investigator on a ten year research project conducting the medical examinations and analyses of Yellowstone wolf remains. She contributes to National Geographic and the Discovery Channel programs on Pleistocene predators.